May 10, 2021 Housing Action Coalition

Candidates for AD-18 Special Election Sign HAC Housing Production Pledge

With the appointment of former Assemblymember Rob Bonta to California Attorney General, there will be a special election to fill the seat for Assembly for California Assembly District 18 (AD-18). Governor Gavin Newsom declared the primary for this special election will be held on June 29, with the general election to follow on August 31

With that, the Housing Action Coalition asked the six declared candidates to clarify their positions on housing with a HAC Housing Production Pledge

This pledge asked, should they be elected to represent California’s 18th Assembly District, would they pledge to vote for legislation that:

  • Mandates multi-family housing near public transit and high-opportunity job centers consistent with the language in SB-50?
  • Mandates denser housing in traditionally exclusionary areas by setting the minimum residential zoning for four units per parcel consistent with the language in SB-50?
  • Mandates a streamlined approval process where the project is zoning-compliant, and utilizes exemptions and concessions consistent with the state density bonus?
  • Mandates that exactions are set at a rate that ensures the economic feasibility of multi-family housing projects?
  • Sets additional and consistent funding measures for subsidized affordable housing?

To date, four candidates have signed the Housing Production Pledge outright and one has qualified their pledge. You can see each candidate’s signed pledge here:

To learn more about these candidates, visit their campaign websites:

There is another candidate in the race who has not yet responded to our pledge inquiry. We will update this post if/when we receive their pledge.  

If you have any questions about HAC’s Housing Production Pledge or the special election, please contact Nico Nagle (  

Housing Action Coalition

The Housing Action Coalition is a member-supported non-profit that advocates for the creation of well designed, well-located housing at all levels of affordability. We believe more housing means more choices and better solutions.

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